- Posted September 5, 2013 by
Canadian Council of Muslim Women.
Address Violence against Women and Girls
BRAMPTON, ON- Today, the Honourable Dr. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, and Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Brampton West announced the Government of Canada’s support for a project to address violence committed in the name of so-called “honour”.
“Eliminating violence against women and girls is a priority for our Government,” said Minister Leitch. “I am proud to support this important project, it is only by working together and enhancing our knowledge and understanding of these issues that we will end all forms of violence against women and girls.”
“Our Government is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all women and girls across Canada,” said MP Seeback. “This project is an example of that commitment. It will help protect women and girls from family violence, both here in the GTA, and in communities throughout the country.”
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women is receiving $306,040 in Government of Canada funding for its 24-month national project entitled Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women. The project will enable Muslim women and girls, as well as men and boys, to examine the impact of violence against women and girls within their communities, including violence committed in the name of so-called “honour.” It will also enable community-based service providers to better support clients of diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds in ending violence.
Founded in 1982, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Muslim women achieve equality and equity through local chapters in various Canadian cities.
"We are pleased to receive the Government of Canada's support for this exciting new project that will advance equality and empowerment for Muslim women in Canada," said Ms. Alia Hogben, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. "Many women and girls in Canada will benefit from this project."
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada while strengthening families, communities and the country. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, supporting over 640 projects. Since 2007, Status of Women Canada has invested more than $62 million in funding for projects to end violence against women and girls.
PS: My concern is in reference to that would this federal public funding be available for women (victims) of all communities or only Muslim women would/could only be benefited. I tried to get an answer but so far in vain. I praise our federal government to stand up for this right and just cause but at the same time ask Canadian Council of Muslim Women to be a bit more clear on the above mentioned issue as at the end of the day it is hardworking Canadians tax dollars at work and honest probing questions must be answered - (Press release from MP Kyle Seeback office with additional comments by Akbar Warris - Photo credits Akbar Warris)